Small ac­tions at home that add up to big im­pacts

Home & Decor (Malaysia) - - The Green Issue -

Ikea be­lieves that go­ing green starts at home and it has a great va­ri­ety of prod­ucts – from en­ergy-sav­ing ap­pli­ances, LED lamps to wa­ter-sav­ing taps – to help you live a sus­tain­able life. The Swedish brand has been em­brac­ing the LED tech­nol­ogy and by 2016, it aims to pro­duce light­ing run solely by LED bulbs. LED bulbs con­sume 85 per cent less en­ergy than con­ven­tional ones and last up to 20 years.

Ikea also of­fers kitchen taps that re­duce wa­ter con­sump­tion by up to 30 per cent and bath­room taps up to 50 per cent. The se­cret lies in a pres­sure com­pen­sat­ing aer­a­tor, a lit­tle de­vice in­side the faucet that adds a lit­tle bit of air to help you save wa­ter. Be­sides, a wide range of waste bins are avail­able to help you cre­ate your own re­cy­cling so­lu­tion.

Wood is one of the most im­por­tant ma­te­ri­als and Ikea is com­mit­ted to get the most out of this pre­cious com­mod­ity by min­imis­ing the amount of ma­te­rial needed and by in­creas­ing the ef­fi­ciency of man­u­fac­tur­ing. The com­pany is one of the found­ing mem­bers of the For­est Stew­ard­ship Coun­cil and works with 21 foresters to en­sure that all wood is sourced in com­pli­ance with in­ter­na­tional forestry stan­dards. Ikea part­ners with or­gan­i­sa­tions like Bet­ter Cot­ton Ini­tia­tive (BCI) and WWF to adopt a holis­tic ap­proach to the com­plex sus­tain­abil­ity is­sues sur­round­ing cot­ton pro­duc­tion.

Mak­ing its fa­cil­i­ties more en­ergy ef­fi­cient is also one of Ikea’s way to pro­vide a pos­i­tive im­pact on the Earth. 300,000 so­lar pan­els were in­stalled on Ikea build­ings around the world. Be­sides, by ship­ping more prod­ucts in one container, the brand has helped de­crease car­bon diox­ide emis­sions. The Vidja lamp, for ex­am­ple, was re­designed to al­low for eas­ier as­sem­bly. By elim­i­nat­ing 24 of the orig­i­nal 33 com­po­nents, its pack­ag­ing weight is re­duced by 28 per cent and be­cause there’s less vol­ume, 128 lamps can be fit­ted on a pal­let, where there were pre­vi­ously only 80. Switch­ing from wood to paper pal­lets has also re­duced the brand’s car­bon diox­ide emis­sion by 75,000 tonnes a year.

left Sort­ing bins to help you re­cy­cle at home. above The Ham­lure re­cy­cle bags are suit­able for out­doors.

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